I’m going to give a review of betterhelp.com from the perspective as a pastor ….Talkspace Round C…as somebody who handles online ministry and we have people that engage from us from all around the world i often get asked do you recommend a counselor or a therapist or a psychologist and it can be hard you know if you’re near a church one of our churches it’s real easy due to the fact that our church and many churches have actually like a vetted referral list that we keep on hand to type of recommend in various focuses it’s normally individuals that we agree with theologically and we trust their practice however you get beyond your physical like geo footprint and it can be tough i’ve in the past use concentrate on the family referral list i usually agree with what they think and i trust their process doesn’t imply i i know everybody on the list is confirmed but it’s a quite strong list but if you get internationally it becomes the wild west so i have actually begun to take note of online counseling over the last couple years i did a video way back where i did a online medical professional see this resembled i don’t know five 8 years earlier and so i’ve been wishing to try out betterhelp.com and so there were some things i wished to process with a therapist
and as someone who’s gone through counseling in the past both individually and also marital relationship therapy i’ve experienced the advantage i have actually often found therapy and meeting with a psychologist etc as kind of life hacking because it’s getting somebody beyond your worry your sphere of influence and them speaking into your life and they typically see things that maybe you’ve heard before but maybe you needed an outsider to confirm so i’ve constantly taken pleasure in the financial investment both in time and money in getting therapy so i wished to experiment with better help so that i can advise and kind of see how the process went i will state as a disclaimer i am not an expert therapist psychologist i’m seminary experienced um which usually simply means extremely light counseling usually the way a pastor is trained without like a counseling focus is we’re sort of like the emts the emergency situation individuals that appear with the ambulance and we diagnose and after that we recommend people and we are constantly going hey here’s a spiritual area here’s are you possibly you need to go process with someone that’s a bit more of a specialist in that area so i’m not an expert this is simply my individual viewpoint is it handy my experience therefore there’s five areas i’m going to take a look at i’m going to take a look at the prices which is a huge factor the algorithm of linking you to a real therapist the technology how did that go the actual recommendations of
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my session over a month and after that the faith element which is certainly truly important to me due to the fact that you do not want to advise someone to something and then you understand perhaps they they verify something or they say something that your church doesn’t believe in which could be the spectrum obviously and so first of all on rate it was 320 for a month 80 bucks a week that include a weekly video session and endless messaging which you know what does that mean it just suggests a couple messages with your therapist however i was impressed that the price was not bad you understand i’ve done therapy in the past and it can be really pricey specifically if you’re getting somebody who is good at what they have actually done i’ve both done it when i remained in seminary i needed to go through some therapy a part of my program and it was just effectively priced done some other therapy and marriage therapy and i what sticks out to me on this was the marriage therapy we went to a pretty respectable institution a location that was popular released the the couple with the published uh authors and it was 80 dollars with a pastoral discount so that simply sort of leads you to believe what you understand the complete cost is pretty expensive therefore uh 320 bucks is okay specifically and we’ll talk about this on the tech side the support was very good you understand in the past when i have actually done therapy in both group or you know individually you’re normally not interacting with your trainer continually it’s normally just around your sessions however to construct a practice start digitally there’s something about more access to your therapist that i truly liked and my counselor was respectable at checking in on me and simply asking things throughout the week even when we were not meeting so there was a process for you to get a discount if that was not um if it was excessive they asked your financial scenario so you can qualify for less i didn’t go through that procedure likewise contact your insurance company if you have it to learn if you qualify however the pricing i felt specifically for the um the proficiency of my counselor i was extremely amazed what i got for the 320 and so um and after that they provide you different choices when you cancel where you can kind of try it for an extra set of time if you wish to if you wish to advance they do charge you month-to-month and so you need to spend for a month of ahead of time and so which makes sense however i i think it i was extremely pleased by the rate it’s still a great deal of money i know for a lot of individuals um you understand somebody like me i do not use counseling each week or even every year however i do i have actually discovered i enjoy the point of view
um every five years approximately or if something’s going on that i can’t process particularly because of some childhood uh such things that take place in my childhood i there’s constantly something i’m finding out about myself however i have actually constantly enjoyed it so pricing respectable number two the algorithm of in fact suggesting they go through an entire process where they ask you a series of questions before you ever visited you know mail age what you’re trying to find to get out of counseling they ask like health and have you been depressed and things like that how are your sleeping habits some basic questions that are all quite basic um i and i believed the questions were strong um ultimately they do get in we’ll discuss this in the face section they ask you like what your faith is and your
denomination and they were pretty good about asking some faith related concerns that i was actually extremely amazed with i wasn’t anticipating a lot on the faith area however i was impressed by how they engaged that part of who i am as a person because that is necessary to me and crucial to a great deal of people um they practically took that it took anywhere but they say 24 to 2 days to kind of assign you to a counselor and uh i got appointed pretty quick i believe it was within 24 hr got email informed it said here’s the person i saw a picture a bio i might see their knowledge i could see other evaluations about them and after that it was sort of like shot attempt them out and i i and i could select to have somebody else if i wanted to and even when you quit they’re excellent at like asking a great deal of questions around you understand what you think of your accounts or how did that session did they appear i suggest they’re they’re truly attempting to make certain everybody is solid and i could alter my therapist at any time there was no issue with altering um my therapist was fantastic about that too like you know was asking a lot of questions which is an unusual balance because you want a counselor that’s challenging you however likewise um you know somebody that you like that you can trust so it’s a hard relationship i’ve been quite um benefit i’ve benefited from a great deal of excellent therapy so i believe i have not truly been paired with somebody that i didn’t agree but i was impressed by the algorithm the questions and how the whole experience worked next the innovation everything happens through the website so it’s um it’s that you get notifications on text and e-mail and so forth but essentially you meet and interact through their web website so betterhelp.com you have an account and pretty much it begins a private chat with the individual you’re counseling when you do change therapist that information goes away at least gain access to from your end and but for example you schedule whatever within the app you um you meet the video innovation it’s kind of like a google hangout that’s built into the the real website and the video was excellent um my my my counselor had the video on it worked extremely efficiently um the Talkspace Round C
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only thing that was type of unusual was usually you can change your audio and video inputs um by picking the different areas i couldn’t find out how to do that as somebody who has some nicer equipment i normally like to check it’s using the ideal mic input not a big deal but that’s more of a technical geek kind of aspect but i was impressed by how everything worked you know web-based things and not software-based things or like you know uh software sitting on your computer system often isn’t as great you know zoom is downloaded on your computer versus google hangouts remains in in the cloud often that could be hit or miss but i was very pleased by the whole quality and my my uh my counselor was older and he seemed to know how to run all of it and it was extremely reliable i was impressed by the engagement from him by means of messaging uh the thing is i would get emails that he had actually posted a message however because of security factors which makes sense none of the message remained in my e-mail i needed to always click onto the site to see things i type of dream i might open that up but i understand that perhaps you do not desire your personal information that is taking place between therapist in your inbox i also got text pointers you know i needed to decide in for that but like 20 minutes prior to my session i was able to schedule
whatever and you understand easily include it to my calendar however in general the technology was extremely impressive you understand my therapist sent me some things and pdfs to procedure before our first conference i filled it out turn it in i indicate it wasn’t the most high-tech experience but it worked very well and so i was really amazed with the total technology the next section is the actual vice my therapist was really was extremely competent and had a lot of experience and they were excellent and i enjoyed it they it was an excellent balance Talkspace Round C